Google Chrome beats Internet Explorer to become world's most popular web browser
THE latest figures reveal that Google Chrome has now overtaken Internet Explorer to become the most widely used web browser in the world.
Google Chrome briefly became the world's most popular web browser for one weekend in March, but according to figures from Statcounter it has now overtaken Microsoft's Internet Explorer for the foreseeable future.
Chrome has beaten a trend that indicated it was going to surge past IE later this summer. The March figures were dismissed as inaccurate by Microsoft, but even so there is a longer-term trend of users choosing Chrome when they can decide for themselves, while business IT departments favour IE.
The Statcounter figures also suggest that Google Android's built-in browser is now the most popular programme on mobile phones.
On desktops, Chrome and IE have been on around 33 per cent each, but the last week shows Chrome taking the lead.
Speaking in March, Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter's chief executive, said "At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE."
On March 18, Chrome was used for 32.7 percent of all browsing, while Internet Explorer had 32.5 percent share, according to StatCounter. When people returned to their offices on Monday, the Microsoft's share recovered to 35 percent and Chrome's share slipped to 30 percent.
In December, according to the same figures, Chrome relegated Firefox from second to third position worldwide for the long term. Some have questioned whether Google can also overturn Internet Explorer because of Microsoft's dominance of corporate desktops.
Chrome's market share has surged from 17 percent a year ago, while Explorer has slipped from 45 percent a year earlier.
StatCounter data is collected from a sample of more than 15 billion page views on more than three million websites.